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T-Mobile announces free WiFi texting on a plane

T-Mobile announces free WiFi texting on a plane

If you’ve got a newer smartphone via T-Mobile, you might have the ability to text for free when you travel. Today, at their Uncarrier 7.0 event, T-Mobile announced they were working with Gogo to allow customers to text worldwide while at 30,000 feet. Rather than relying on slow WiFi for an email, you can now fire off a quick text in the air.

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Snapchat valued at $10 billion, has 100 million monthly users

Snapchat valued at $10 billion, has 100 million monthly users

Snapchat is becoming ubiquitous with messaging, and that’s never been more evident than with today’s news of their valuation and user-base. A fresh funding round tells us that those backing Snapchat are doing so at a $10 billion valuation. That’s not just rare air for a messaging app — it’s an exclusive club not many startups can claim to be in.

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New T-Mobile plan offers unlimited prepaid flexibility

T-Mobile already has the market cornered on low-cost, prepaid plans. They’re also not content to simply be the leader — they seem to want total ownership of prepaid. A new plan, breaking all kinds of molds in offering up ten-cent minutes and texts, speaks to that.

FCC says all carriers must support 911 texting by year’s end

FCC says all carriers must support 911 texting by year’s end

The Federal Communications Commission voted earlier today in favor of requiring all carriers in the US to support 911 texting. The support will have to be in place by the end of 2014, according to the Washington Post, but it won't necessarily be available in your region any time soon -- approximately 2-percent of emergency dispatchers can accepts texts.

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These two iOS apps make text messaging fun (finally)

These two iOS apps make text messaging fun (finally)

Sending and receiving text messages is like email — boring, but necessary. SMS has never been fun, more utilitarian than interactive. Two free apps could make it fun, though — adding a richer experience to what has become a mundane experience for many of us.

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Wiper may be the first true private messaging app

Wiper may be the first true private messaging app

Is messaging truly private, or even secure? Snapchat showed us that even when we think that our conversations are secure, they may not be. A new app, Wiper, aims to deliver on that promise, though; keeping things secure, and you in control.

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GM’s new app lets you scan license plates and text the drivers

GM’s new app lets you scan license plates and text the drivers

The folks at GM's China R&D division have been hard at work thinking up new ways to connect drivers, and the by-product is a prototype app called DiDi Plate for Android smartphones. With the app, drivers can snap a picture of someone's license plate, which is then used with an identification database to send that driver unsolicited text messages.

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Apple sued over iMessage texting snafu

Apple sued over iMessage texting snafu

The iMessage issue that has been gathering attention in recent times is the source of a new lawsuit against Apple, with a former iPhone owner pursuing litigation after being unable to receive text messages on her new Android handset. The lawsuit was filed in California yesterday.

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Text-to-911 available on all carriers starting May 15

Text-to-911 available on all carriers starting May 15

The ability to text an emergency to 911 has long been in the works, and will finally be realized this month. Starting May 15, all four major US carriers will be able to handle your 911 texts. While the program is not designed to take the place of calls to 911, it does provide a necessary option for those in dangerous circumstances.

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WhatsApp handles 50 billion messages daily, more than SMS delivery

WhatsApp handles 50 billion messages daily, more than SMS delivery

WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging service that has been around for a while. In June of 2013, the WhatsApp service hit a record with a daily average of 27 billion messages sent and received. With 2014 now here, WhatsApp has hit another record and has grown significantly since last summer.

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Gogo introduces tech for in-flight talk and text

Gogo introduces tech for in-flight talk and text

Gogo is perhaps best known for providing fliers with wireless Internet access when above the clouds, making long flights a tad less tedious. Soon it will be known for a bit more amongst fliers -- as the service that allows passengers to chat on their phones as if they have regular cellular service, which could be a blessing or a curse depending on the person. Texting will also be made available.

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Google Hangouts adds SMS support but KitKat keyboard prompts typist fury

Google Hangouts adds SMS support but KitKat keyboard prompts typist fury

Google has released Hangouts 2.0 for Android, adding in SMS and MMS support in addition to enabling group MMS conversations and embedding animated GIFs. Promised when the incoming update was first revealed late last month, the new app also drops alongside an update to the Android keyboard, also bringing it to version 2.0, though that change has been met with less enthusiasm from users.

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